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First Day — Jul 31, 2015

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

MEET THE TEACHER

Meet the teacher day for all first graders will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. Grand Heights will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, for all kindergarten students. First day of school for Grand Heights is Monday Aug. 24.

ACT MEETING

Artesia Community theatre will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at First Christian Church. Everyone is invited to attend. Plans for the upcoming play in September are being discussed.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

GUN RAFFLE

The Bulldog Basketball Boosters are raffling an AR-15 to raise funds for the upcoming season. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any player’s parent or at George Gandy Insurance.

The drawing will be held Sept. 5.

SEEK FIRST FOOTBALL

Registration is ongoing for boys and girls in grades K-5 for the Seek First Sports flag football program. Cost is $30 per child, $5 less for each additional child in the same family.

Register online at http://www.fbcartesia.org or at First Baptist Church Total Life Center, corner of Roselawn and Richardson Avenues. Pick up medical waivers and make payments at FBC. Practices begin Aug. 24.

For more information, contact FBC at 748-1308.

AYSA REGISTRATION

Registration dates for the Artesia Youth Soccer Association’s 2015 season are as follows: 6-7 p.m. July 30, at Faith Baptist Church, 20th Street and Grand Avenue, and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Aug. 1 at Yum Yum Yogurt.

Registration fee is $40 per child; a late fee of $50 will be required for registration after Aug. 1. Soccer jersey cost is $15. For more information, contact Darlene at 748-7152 or Jerry at 432-210-8423.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

First Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites you to join us for our annual Ice Cream Social.

The event is free and will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday July 31, in the courtyard of the church.

Bring your own lawn chair. (There will be musical entertainment followed by a movie) The church is located on the corner of 4th and Grand Ave.

NEW MVD HOURS

The Artesia Eddy County Motor Vehicle Department is changing its hours of operation beginning Aug. 1. New hours will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

PAWS AND CLAWS

Paws and Claws will be distributing spay and neuter certificates at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the city animal shelter 501 Paddy Wagon. Eddy county residents only. Donations appreciated.

LANE CLOSURE

AUI in conjunction with City of Artesia is planning a southbound lane closure at the intersection of 1st street (US 285)

and Fairview Rd. The two southbound lanes will be closed and diverted unto 1 way traffic on the northbound lanes beginning Monday, Aug. 3 through Aug. 6. Please proceed with caution and follow all traffic signs.

BAND BOOSTER’S

Artesia Band Booster’s will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Monday Aug. 3 at the high school band hall. Parents of all band member of any age are welcome to attend. We will be discussing the upcoming football/ marching season, fundraisers, marching contest and cake walk.

RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT PHASE II

Public meeting for the 13th reconstruction project phase II from W. Main to W. Hermosa is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. For more information call Scott at 575-622—8866

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity of Artesia has rescheduled its blitz build for Aug. 29-30 at the new home at 606 Cleveland Ave.

LANE CLOSURE

New Mexico Gas Co. will be closing the east northbound lane of 26th Street near 610 N. 26th St. Monday, Aug. 3, through Wednesday, Aug. 5, for the installation of a gas tap for the new car wash.

ALTRUSA

Altrusa International of Artesia will hold a regular business meeting at noon Monday, Aug. 3, in the CVE Community Room, 1403 N. 13th St. Hospital will provide lunch for $6. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact any Altrusan or Anna Pitts at 703-5034.

QUARTERBACK CLUB

The Artesia Quarterback Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Bulldog Bowl field house. All men interested in the football program are welcome. Officers will be elected and the upcoming hamburger fry discussed.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will hold religious education registration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 12, 19, and 26 in the Saint Damien Center. For more information call the parish office at 748-1356.

GIRL SCOUTS SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest in, partnership with United Way are sponsoring the Girl Scouts 4 Kids School Supply Drive.

Donations will benefit Grand Heights. No donation is too small. The Drive will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 at Wal-Mart Items can also be dropped off at the Girl Scout Center.

ZIA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Schedules can be picked up from 8-12 and 1- 3:30, beginning Monday, Aug.

10 –Aug. 12. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents are encouraged to deposit lunch money into their students account.

ZIA SEVENTH GRADE

Zia 7th grade students must be updated with the Tdap booster immunization shot before starting school on Aug. 17.

BOOK SALE

The Friends of the Artesia Public Library will host a used book sale from noon – 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at 9:30 a.m. – noon Saturday, Aug. 8, at the library.

Hardbacks will be $1 and paperbacks 25 cents. Proceeds will benefit library programs and services.

YOUTH FOOTBALL

Registration for the City of Artesia’s youth tackle football, flag football and cheerleading programs is ongoing through Aug. 14 at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Tackle football is open to boys in grades 5- 6, and only 88 registrations will be accepted; cost is $65. Flag football is open to boys in grades 1-4; cost is $35. Cheerleading is open to girls in grades 1-6; cost is $35.

Coaches are also needed for all programs. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal or Miriam Kramer at 746-9009.

ARTESIA HEAD START

SENMCAC head start program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 year.

Child must have turned 3 or 4 by Sept. 1, 2015. Children who turn 5 before Sept. 1 are not eligible.

Documents needed for enrollment are State issued birth Certificate, immunization record, income verification, Medicaid or health insurance card. To schedule an appointment call 575-748-1141.

SOCCER BOOSTERS

All parents of Artesia High School Boys Soccer players are encouraged to attend the booster club meetings scheduled at 6:00 p.m. every Thursday through August 13, 2015 at the Mack Chase Complex Soccer Field. For more information, contact Amy Pelletier at 308-6181.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY

All Ladies are invited to join a Ladies Noon Bible study Thursday, Aug. 13, at First Baptist Church TLC Building.

Our study will cover the book of Romans. Each lesson contains wonderful applications for our lives today. This study is geared for women of all denominations.

The lessons are covered during the lunch hour every Thursday and are perfect for busy working women. A church provided lunch is available for $3 beginning on Sept. 10. Contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523 for more information.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school for Artesia Public Schools students in grades 1-12 will be Monday, Aug. 17. Kindergarteners will begin Monday, Aug. 24.

SHOES FOR PETS

New Mexico’s only no-kill shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking residents to donate gently-worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations.

Shoes may be dropped off at the bin inside Blue Lily. To schedule a pickup or for more information, call 308-2199.